Effect of maternal age on uterine flow impedance

J Pirhonen, TK Bergersen, M Abdlenoor, M Dubiel, Saemundur Gudmundsson

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Purpose. This study was conducted to determine possible maternal age-related changes in uterine artery impedance in normal late pregnancy. Patients and Methods. In a cross-sectional design study, Doppler velocimetry of the uterine vessels was performed in 884 pregnant women with normal, late, singleton pregnancies. We hypothesized that maternal age is associated with changes in uterine blood flow Doppler parameters. We tested for univariate associations and for an adjusted relationship between these factors using a multivariate model to control for confounders. Results. We found a statistically significant, nonlinear relationship between mean uterine artery impedance (pulsatility index) and maternal age, with an increase of the pulsatility index in women above the age of 35. This association continued to be significant even when adjusted for gestational age and parity as confounders. Conclusions. In normal pregnancy, an increase in uterine artery impedance was noted in women above the age of 35. This finding may be related to the physiologic process of aging and may partly explain why pregnancies in older women are associated with diverse complications more often than those in younger women.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-17
JournalJournal of Clinical Ultrasound
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Bibliographical note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Pediatrics/Urology/Gynecology/Endocrinology (013240400)

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Clinical Medicine


  • normal pregnancy
  • uterus
  • maternal age
  • blood flow
  • Doppler ultrasonography
  • index
  • pulsatility


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